Namibia, Landscape

From my previous post about the Namibian wildlife, you could think that the country is mostly savanna, but in reality it is very divers. Of course, I knew about the desert and dunes as I really wanted to ride those of Sandwich Harbor, but I was also surprised by the amount of mountains. Some are really high like the Spitzkoppe, which culminates are 1728m above the sea, also called the Matterhorn of Namibia.

Of course, you must visit Deadvlei, in the south of the country, in the Namib-Naukluft Park. It is a white clay pan surrounded by some of the highest sand dunes in the world. “Big Daddy” is the biggest, over 300m above sea level. The pan was created by water pools which dried about 600 or 700 years ago. As the pan dried, so did the trees which grew there, and today they form a spectacular scenery worth waking up at 5.00 AM to enjoy the place before all the tourists arrive and the sun makes the desert too hot to wander around.